Joel Paterson is a Chicago based guitarist and president of Ventrella Records, an independent label specializing in all styles of American roots music – including blues, jazz, rockabilly, Western swing, and more.
Ventrella Records was founded by Paterson in 2001 with the release of the solo country blues album, "Down at The Depot." The label is named after friend and spiritual advisor James Ventrella, Chicago music connoisseur and international man of mystery. Ventrella Records is mismanaged by Joel Paterson and features the crack production staff of Beau Sample and Alex Hall. The label's goal is to showcase the great musicians on the roots scene today, and will continue to make records until they run out of money or licks, whichever comes first.
The ideal place to buy Ventrella products is out of the trunk of a 1997 Honda Civic, but Ventrella CDs can be found on cdbaby.com if you are a savvy internet shopper.